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29th Nov '17 7:12:33 AM Mort08
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: As the occasional timestamp notes, the main plot takes place over roughly three days (specifically 76 hours).
23rd Nov '17 2:23:08 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* AnArmAndALeg: Wikus attempts to chop his arm off, believing it'll stop his metamorphosis, but he only manages to get a finger off and stops due to the pain. The Nigerian gang boss tries to have his arm cut off twice, under the mistaken belief it'll grant him the power to operate the alien weapons.

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* AnArmAndALeg: AnArmAndALeg:
** During the initial attempt to get the Prawns to sign the eviction forms, one poor guard ends up getting his arm torn off when a Prawn loses his temper and attacks.
** If the alien guns don't outright gib who they hit, they're losing a limb at least. Most prominently is the scene where Wikus rescues Christopher [[spoiler:using the mech suit]]. For good measure, [[spoiler:the mech stomps on the arm]].
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Wikus attempts to chop his arm off, believing it'll stop his metamorphosis, but he only manages to get a finger off and stops due to the pain. The Nigerian gang boss tries to have his arm cut off twice, under the mistaken belief it'll grant him the power to operate the alien weapons.



** [[spoiler:It appears that Wikus is going to abandon Christopher at the hands of the psychotic Koobus when Wikus runs away in his giant mech, until he hears from the mech's audio that Koobus has ordered one of his goons to kill Christopher. Cursing to himself, Wikus runs back. Cut to Christopher having a gun pressed to his head by the aforementioned goon. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome The goon's entire arm is suddenly blown off.]]]]

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** [[spoiler:It appears that Wikus is going to abandon Christopher at the hands of the psychotic Koobus when Wikus runs away in his giant mech, until he hears from the mech's audio that Koobus has ordered one of his goons to kill Christopher. Cursing to himself, Wikus runs back. Cut to Christopher having a gun pressed to his head by the aforementioned goon. [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome The goon, then the goon's entire arm is suddenly blown off.]]]]]]



* {{Callback}}: Wikus' "This is quite a find, yeah?" upon [[spoiler:discovering the alien ship.]] It's what Wikus said when he found the weapons cache during the MNU eviction sweep.

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* {{Callback}}: CallBack: Wikus' "This is quite a find, yeah?" upon [[spoiler:discovering the alien ship.]] It's what Wikus said when he found the weapons cache during the MNU eviction sweep.



* FromBadToWorse: Jesus ''Christ'', does it ever. Wikus quickly goes from beleaguered corporate drone to actual alien drone, hunted by his former employers, and then gets his wife dumped, and ''then'' it turns out an alien - of whom he despised - wants him to help with a plan that just might get him killed or captured...

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* FromBadToWorse: Jesus ''Christ'', does it ever. Wikus quickly goes from beleaguered corporate drone to actual alien drone, hunted by his former employers, and then gets his wife dumped, and ''then'' it turns out an alien - of whom he despised - wants him to help with a plan that just might get him killed or captured...



* KarmicTransformation: Hoo boy, [[spoiler:Wikus]].

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* KarmicTransformation: Hoo boy, [[spoiler:Wikus]].Wikus, who is at best ambivalent to the plight of the Prawns, ends up turning into one.
18th Nov '17 7:02:33 PM TheRoguePenguin
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%%* AmputationStopsSpread
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Wikus attempts to chop his arm off, believing it'll stop his metamorphosis, but he only manages to get a finger off and stops due to the pain. The Nigerian gang boss tries to have his arm cut off twice, under the mistaken belief it'll grant him the power to operate the alien weapons.]]

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%%* AmputationStopsSpread
* AmputationStopsSpread: Wikus at one points grabs an axe to cut off his alien limb, but loses his nerve and does a trial run on his finger first. The incredible pain dissuades him from any further attempts. This almost certainly wouldn't have worked, given how he was infected.
* AnArmAndALeg: [[spoiler:Wikus Wikus attempts to chop his arm off, believing it'll stop his metamorphosis, but he only manages to get a finger off and stops due to the pain. The Nigerian gang boss tries to have his arm cut off twice, under the mistaken belief it'll grant him the power to operate the alien weapons.]]
16th Aug '17 2:54:57 PM ClintEastwood
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co-ordinates when Kobus is tracking Wikus's location.
2nd Jul '17 4:27:02 PM thatmadork
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* DeconstructedTrope: The FirstContact plot. The aliens that land over ''Johannesburg'' aren't invaders, they're ''refugees''. The South African authorities, completely unprepared for the situation and facing massive public backlash against the new arrivals, hastily inters the aliens in a slum in appalling Apartheid-like conditions.
11th Apr '17 6:00:42 PM Pete52
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* AlphabetNewsNetwork: Several fictional news networks (both local and international) are seen covering events throughout the film and provide footage from earlier incidents in the prologue.
**BNC - British News Corporation
**UK News Desk
**ANT - America News Television (specifically the South Africa Desk)
**EGOLI News
**SATV - South Africa Television
**JHB Media



* NextSundayAD: It's shown at various points that the "present" of the story is August, 2010.

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* NextSundayAD: It's Although the film was released in 2009 it's shown at various points that the "present" of the story is August, 2010.


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* SWATTeam: MNU has two variants of armed personnel in their employ:
**Security Force: The standard MNU guards who wear all black combat gear and carry white firearms, who provide most of the security and law enforcement at both District 9 and MNU Headquarters.
**First Reaction Battalion: The much tougher "cowboy" private contractors who wear a mish-mash of their own combat clothing and white MNU body armour. They are called in for serious incidents to back up the regular MNU security forces and seem to be subject to much less oversight.
29th Mar '17 11:29:43 PM TheRoguePenguin
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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: The alien gun, which seems to be its explicit purpose.

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* BlownAcrossTheRoom: The alien gun, gun Wikus gets his hands on at the gansters' compound, which seems to be its explicit purpose.purpose. One shot throws a mook through the flimsy wall of the shack they're in.
28th Jan '17 5:19:05 PM Wyldchyld
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* {{Hermaphrodite}}: In a deleted scene, a scientist explains that the aliens have both male and female reproductive organs, being able to impregnate and become pregnant themselves. Whether this is still canon is unknown, but it leads to some interesting FridgeLogic. And, of course, [[FetishFuel the corresponding fanfic]].

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* {{Hermaphrodite}}: In a deleted scene, a scientist explains that the aliens have both male and female reproductive organs, being able to impregnate and become pregnant themselves. Whether this is still canon is unknown, but it leads to some interesting FridgeLogic. And, of course, [[FetishFuel the corresponding fanfic]].fanfic.
29th Dec '16 9:22:55 AM nombretomado
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** The police brutality perpetrated by the [[PsychoForHire MNU soldiers]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DurbanSign1989.jpg the "No Non-Human Loitering" signs]], and even the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_Six title of the film itself]] are all [[TheApartheidEra decidedly unsubtle]], with [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped chilling effect]].

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** The police brutality perpetrated by the [[PsychoForHire MNU soldiers]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DurbanSign1989.jpg the "No Non-Human Loitering" signs]], and even the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_Six title of the film itself]] are all [[TheApartheidEra [[UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra decidedly unsubtle]], with [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped chilling effect]].



* RecycledInSpace: TheApartheidEra [-WITH ALIENS-]! Or, ''Film/AlienNation'' in South Africa without RubberForeheadAliens.

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* RecycledInSpace: TheApartheidEra UsefulNotes/TheApartheidEra [-WITH ALIENS-]! Or, ''Film/AlienNation'' in South Africa without RubberForeheadAliens.
22nd Nov '16 11:52:37 PM Silverblade2
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->''"There's a lot of secrets in [[TitleDrop District 9]]."''

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->''"There's a lot of secrets in [[TitleDrop District 9]].9."''
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